Afterimage No. 6 1976
Perspectives on English Independent Film


black and white ⁄ 2'

Stephen Dwoskin, united kingdom 1965

Penthesilea: Queen of the Amazons

color ⁄ 99'

Laura Mulvey, Peter Wollen, united states of america 1974, Michael Thomas, Jan Creighton, Jim Goode

Inspirational for their writing on avant-garde cinema, this was Mulvey and Wollen’s first step into directing their own form of Counter Cinema. Inspired by Heinrich von Kleist, and by the examples of Godard and Rainer, Penthesilea is a film in five equal chapters. Each uninterrupted sequence relates to different media: a mime version of Kleist’s play, a spoken text, the theme of Amazons depicted in various artforms, silent film and feminism, and finally tv and video.

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